NILES, IL, August 19, 2009 — Keith Olsen, whose producing and engineering credits include such renowned artists as Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac, and Whitesnake, recently shared some of his favorite miking techniques at a recording clinic hosted by Shure.
Titled The Art and Science of Microphone Techniques for Studio Recording, the event gave local musicians and recordists the opportunity to learn how technology and technique combine to create great recordings. The clinic was held in the state-of-the-art Performance and Listening Center at Shure’s Corporate Headquarters in Niles, Illinois.
“We wanted to show people how the art and the science come together,” said Gino Sigismondi, Shure’s Manager of Technical Training. “Shure has a legacy of outstanding recording microphones, but the key is to know how to apply them to suit different recording situations. Keith Olsen is an expert at putting the right mic in the right spot to capture the energy and emotion of great performances.”
During the session, Olsen shared practical advice and tips on the proper selection and placement of microphones and the importance of good room acoustics, especially in a home recording environment.
“I enjoy being able to give back to our recording community,” said Olsen. “I was impressed at the thoroughness of the Shure portion of the presentation and their attention to detail. I’m hopeful that the participants walked away with a firmer understanding of both acoustics and how it affects what the microphone ‘hears’.”
Shure Applications Engineers explained the science of how microphones operate, including transducer types, frequency response, and polar patterns. “Knowing how microphones work is essential to getting what you want from them,” Sigismondi said. “Without that fundamental knowledge, you can waste a lot of time on approaches that don’t work well, and miss the best take of the session.”
About Shure Incorporated
Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com) is widely acknowledged as the world's leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the Company has designed and produced many high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure’s diverse product line includes world-class wired microphones and wireless microphone systems for performers and presenters, award-winning earphones and headsets for MP3 players and smartphones, and top-rated phonograph cartridges for professional DJs. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority.
Shure Incorporated Corporate Headquarters is located in Niles, Illinois, in the United States. The Company has additional manufacturing facilities and regional sales offices in China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, The United Kingdom, and the United States.